Intel HD Graphics 5500 vs Intel HD Graphics 4000

Intel HD Graphics 5500

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The Intel HD Graphics 5500 (GT2) is an integrated Broadwell graphics card revealed in Q1 2015. It can be found in several ULV SoCs (15 W TDP) such as the Core i5-5200U or i7-5600U. While Core i5 and Core i7 chips feature 24 EUs, the Core i3 version offers just 23 EUs. Depending on the specific CPU, the maximum GPU frequency varies between 850 and 950 MHz.

Architecture and Features

Broadwell features a GPU based on the Intel Gen8 architecture, which has been optimized in various aspects compared to the previous Gen7.5 (Haswell). Inter alia, the shader arrays called "subslice" have been reorganized and now offer 8 Execution Units (EUs) each. Three subslices form a "slice" for a total of 24 EUs. Combined with other improvements such as larger L1 caches and an optimized frontend, the integrated GPU has become faster and more efficient than its predecessor.

The HD Graphics 5500 represents the mid-range version of the Broadwell GPU family and consists of one slice with 24 EUs. Beyond that, there is also a low-end variant (GT1, 12 EUs) as well as higher-end models (GT3/GT3e + eDRAM, 48 EUs).

All Broadwell GPUs support OpenCL 2.0 and DirectX 12 (FL 11_1). The video engine can now decode H.265 using both fixed function hardware as well as available GPU shaders. Up to three displays can be connected via DP 1.2/eDP 1.3 (max. 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz) or HDMI 1.4a (max. 3840 x 2160 @ 24 Hz). HDMI 2.0, however, is not supported.

Performance

Depending on the specific CPU, the maximum GPU frequency varies between 850 and 950 MHz. Due to the low TDP, however, the average clock in 3D applications will be somewhat lower.

Equipped with fast dual-channel memory, the HD Graphics 5500 outperforms the HD Graphics 4400 (Haswell, 20 EUs) by 20 - 25 percent and also beats the HD Graphics 5000 (Haswell, 40 EUs). However, even a low-end dedicated GeForce 820M ist about 10 - 30 percent faster than the HD 5500. Games as of 2014/2015 will usually run fluently only at (very) low settings.

Power Consumption

Utilizing a new 14 nm process, the Broadwell ULV chips are specified at just 15 W TDP and therefore suited for thin ultrabooks. The TDP is flexible and can be further reduced (7.5 or 10 W), which has a significant impact on performance.

Intel HD Graphics 4000

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The Intel HD Graphics 4000 (GT2) is a processor graphics card that is included in the Ivy Bridge processors of 2012 (3rd generation of core, e.g. Core i7-3770). The base clock can be automatically overclocked using Turbo Boost technology. Depending on the processor model, the base and turbo clock rate may differ greatly resulting in different graphics performance of ULV parts compared to high-end desktop and laptop quad-core parts.

Compared to the Intel HD Graphics 3000 in Sandy Bridge CPUs, the HD 4000 card was completely redesigned and offers improved DirectX 11 capable shaders, Hardware Tessellation, a dedicated level 3 cache (before the Last Level Cache LLC of the CPU) and DirectCompute support. The IPC (instructions per clock) can therefore be even 2x as fast as with Sandy Bridge and overall up to 60% more performance (3DMark Vantage) should be possible.

First benchmarks position the HD Graphics 4000 (in a fast quad core desktop CPU) on a level with a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GT 330M and therefore above the AMD processor graphics Radeon HD 6620G. In our extensive tests with games the HD Graphics 4000 was able to beat the HD 6620G in a fast Core i7-3820QM by about 15%. In the slower i7-3610QM and a dual core i5 it was on a similar level as the 6620G. Therefore, casual gamers that wont mind reducing the quality settings in high end games, may be happy with the performance of the HD Graphics 4000. Beware, that the HD Graphics 4000 is used with different clock speeds depending on the CPU model. The ULV CPUs (Core ix-3xx7U) for example feature lower clock speeds and cant maintain the Turbo frequency as good as the 35 - 55 Watt models. Therefore, the ULV version is about 30% slower on average.

A speciality of the Ivy Bridge GPUs is that 4x MSAA is supported in hardware now. However, 2x is only supported through software.  The algorithm to support 2x is going through the 4x pipeline with a software algorithm, so performance is similar to 4x MSAA.

The integrated video decoder called Multi Format Codec Engine (MFX) was also improved and should allow even simultaneus 4K video decoding. DXVAChecker lists MPEG2, VC1, WMV9, and H264 as supported codecs. QuickSync for fast transcoding of videos was also optimized for higher performance and better image quality.

Another new feature is the support for up to 3 independent displays (depends on how the HD 4000 is used in the laptop - maybe only with a DisplayPort / eDP) as AMD offers with theirs Eyefinity support (up to 6 displays). DisplayPort 1.1 (max 2560x1600) and HDMI 1.4 (max 1920x1080 without hacks) are supported by the chip according to Intel.

Due to the 22nm 3D Tri-Gate production process, the power consumption should be relatively low (the development was focused on performance per Watt). The TDP of the whole package (including processor and memory controller) varies between 18 Watt (ULV) up to 45 Watt (mobile quad core) for the consumer laptop CPUs.

Intel HD Graphics 5500Intel HD Graphics 4000
ManufacturerIntelIntel
HD Graphics Series
HD Graphics P530 (compare) 24 @ 350 - 1050 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5600 (compare) 24 @ 300 - 1050 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 6000 (compare) 48 @ 300 - 1000 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4600 (compare) 20 @ 200 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5500 24 @ 300 - 950 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5000 (compare) 40 @ 200 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4400 (compare) 20 @ 200 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5300 (compare) 24 @ 100 - 900 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4000 16 @ 350 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Broadwell) (compare) 12 @ 100 - 850 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4200 (compare) 20 @ 200 - 850 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Skylake) (compare) 12 @ 300 - 800 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 405 (Braswell) (compare) 16 @ 320 - 700 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Braswell) (compare) 16 @ 320 - 700 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell) (compare) 12 @ 320 - 640 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Haswell) (compare) 10 @ 200 - 1000 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail) (compare) 16 @ 200 - 600 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 3000 (compare) 12 @ 350 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 2500 (compare) 6 @ 650 - 1150 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge) (compare) 6 @ 350 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 2000 (compare) 6 @ 850/1100 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) (compare) 6 @ 350 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Bay Trail) (compare) 4 @ 311 - 896 (Boost) MHz32/64/128 Bit
HD Graphics P530 (compare) 24 @ 350 - 1050 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5600 (compare) 24 @ 300 - 1050 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 6000 (compare) 48 @ 300 - 1000 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4600 (compare) 20 @ 200 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5500 24 @ 300 - 950 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5000 (compare) 40 @ 200 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4400 (compare) 20 @ 200 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5300 (compare) 24 @ 100 - 900 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4000 16 @ 350 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Broadwell) (compare) 12 @ 100 - 850 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4200 (compare) 20 @ 200 - 850 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Skylake) (compare) 12 @ 300 - 800 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 405 (Braswell) (compare) 16 @ 320 - 700 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Braswell) (compare) 16 @ 320 - 700 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell) (compare) 12 @ 320 - 640 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Haswell) (compare) 10 @ 200 - 1000 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail) (compare) 16 @ 200 - 600 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 3000 (compare) 12 @ 350 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 2500 (compare) 6 @ 650 - 1150 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge) (compare) 6 @ 350 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 2000 (compare) 6 @ 850/1100 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) (compare) 6 @ 350 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Bay Trail) (compare) 4 @ 311 - 896 (Boost) MHz32/64/128 Bit
CodenameBroadwell GT2Ivy Bridge
ArchitectureBroadwellIvy Bridge
24 - 16 -
Core300 - 950 (Boost) MHz350 - 1350 (Boost) MHz
Bus64/128 Bit64/128 Bit
yesyes
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 11_1)DirectX 11, 5.0
Transistors1300 Million
Technology14 nm22 nm
FeaturesQuick SyncQuickSync
Introduced05.01.2015 23.03.2011
CPUGPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Intel Core i7-5600U2 x 2600 MHz, 15 W300 MHz950 MHz
Intel Core i7-5500U2 x 2400 MHz, 15 W300 MHz950 MHz
Intel Core i5-5300U2 x 2300 MHz, 15 W300 MHz900 MHz
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min. - max.300 - 300 MHz850 - 950 MHz

3DMark - Time Spy Score 2560x1440
289 Points (2%)
3DMark - Time Spy Graphics 2560x1440
255 Points (2%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 43391     avg: 58342.9     median: 58776 (11%)     max: 68877 Points
min: 43759     avg: 44323.5     median: 44323.5 (8%)     max: 44888 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 27084     avg: 33172.2     median: 31022.5 (4%)     max: 40670 Points
min: 20514     avg: 24178.7     median: 24426 (3%)     max: 28772 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 3351     avg: 4777.3     median: 4790.5 (8%)     max: 6106 Points
min: 1469     avg: 3380.4     median: 3282.5 (6%)     max: 5946 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 4571     avg: 5863.9     median: 5544 (3%)     max: 7789 Points
min: 1619     avg: 3849.7     median: 3768.5 (2%)     max: 5761 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 500     avg: 648.5     median: 634.5 (2%)     max: 868 Points
min: 168     avg: 446.5     median: 444 (2%)     max: 647 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 535     avg: 693.7     median: 663 (2%)     max: 927 Points
min: 191     avg: 486.1     median: 480 (1%)     max: 705 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 33288     avg: 50088.6     median: 48637 (6%)     max: 70409 Points
min: 11232     avg: 31857.6     median: 31598 (4%)     max: 48923 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 758     avg: 1087.7     median: 1079.5 (3%)     max: 1434 points
min: 248     avg: 603.5     median: 603 (2%)     max: 802 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 667     avg: 979.5     median: 979 (2%)     max: 1265 points
min: 216     avg: 522     median: 523 (1%)     max: 684 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
P Result 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
min: 8967     avg: 14342.8     median: 15220 (16%)     max: 16933 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 7402     avg: 11805.3     median: 12768 (7%)     max: 19294 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 5239     avg: 8296.4     median: 8393 (18%)     max: 11948 Points
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
+ Intel HD Graphics 4000
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
9.3 fps (3%)
min: 6.9     avg: 7.6     median: 7.4 (3%)     max: 8.9 fps
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
9.8 fps (6%)
min: 7.7     avg: 8.1     median: 8.1 (5%)     max: 8.4 fps
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
min: 12.4     avg: 15.5     median: 15.7 (7%)     max: 17.9 fps
min: 6     avg: 9.6     median: 9.4 (4%)     max: 13 fps
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
Tcvis 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Tcvis 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
Maya 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Maya 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
Lightwave 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Lightwave 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
Ensight 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Ensight 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
Catia 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
SPECviewperf 12
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
min: 5.9     avg: 6.4     median: 6.4 (81%)     max: 6.6 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
min: 4.7     avg: 5.6     median: 5.1 (65%)     max: 6.6 points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Shading 32Bit + Intel HD Graphics 4000
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + Intel HD Graphics 5500
OpenGL 64Bit + Intel HD Graphics 4000
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + Intel HD Graphics 5500
OpenGL 64Bit + Intel HD Graphics 4000
Ref. Match 64Bit + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Ref. Match 64Bit + Intel HD Graphics 4000
GLBenchmark 2.5 - Egypt HD Offscreen Fixed Time 1920x1080
min: 74     avg: 91.5     median: 91.5 (17%)     max: 109 fps
GLBenchmark 2.5 - Egypt HD Fixed Time
min: 51     avg: 52     median: 52 (87%)     max: 53 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 4000